Review: Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts

Review: Dance Upon the Air by Nora RobertsDance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
Series: Three Sisters Island #1
Published by Piatkus on August 2nd 2001
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Library

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband—and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago… But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café—and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd.

But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him—for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s created so carefully could shatter completely. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse—one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women—and with the nightmares of the past haunting her every step—she must find the power to save her home, her love…and herself…

Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts has been on my re-read list for a few years now, but I never got around to it. When I realized that it would work for “on the run” on the Ripped Bodice’s Bingo Sheet, I decided now was the time to finally re-read this one. It’s Classic Nora Roberts, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

What’s the Story?

Nell Channing is on the run from her abusive husband. She’s been running close to a year, and really wants to find a place to stay. When she arrives at Three Sisters Island off the New England Coast, she knows she’s found the place. But once she meets Island resident Mia, she realizes that there may have been something stronger bringing her to Three Sisters Island. Town Sheriff Zack Todd is smitten with Nell the minute he sees her. But Nell has some demons and she isn’t sure she’s ready for another relationship.

What I Liked:

  • I loved the small island town. It has everything I love about a small-town romance. The town is absolutely charming, and everyone knows everyone else.
  • Nell was a strong woman, and I was definitely rooting for her. She took the initiative to run from her husband, and although it wasn’t easy, she made those tough decisions. Although she has set backs, she’s trying to start a new life where she can be herself and not live in fear.
  • Zack is so my kind of hero. He’s the sheriff, and I sure do love a man in uniform. He’s an honorable guy, who’s kind and takes the responsibility of being sheriff seriously. He also has an adorable dog, and loves Nell completely.
  • I absolutely wanted Nell and Zack to be together. Like seriously!
  • I love how much of this series is about three women bonding together. Although Nell is new to the area, she quickly bonds with both Mia and Ripley (although Ripley and Mia aren’t on good terms). I will never get sick of seeing women bond together.

What I Struggled With:

  • The Witch stuff wasn’t my thing. I mean, I don’t mind that they are witches, but the chants and spells and things – not my cup of tea. When Nell was learning from Mia, I almost always skipped that part. But I have read this book before, so I didn’t really miss anything.
  • Nell sometimes got on my nerves. Not that much, but sometimes.
  • Sometimes I thought the book was a little lacking in warmth. Every once in awhile it felt a tiny bit dry. Not all the time, but sometimes I would find my mind wandering away from the story.

Final Thoughts

Dance Upon the Air is classic Nora Roberts. It features a little bit of the paranormal, a woman seaching for her place, and one swoony hero.


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7 Responses to “Review: Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts”

  1. Nick

    I don’t really like witch stuff either. I’m glad there were things you still enjoyed in the book. I don’t think this will be a NR book I’d pick up.

  2. Rowena

    It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read this book and I had forgotten so much about what happened in it so maybe a re-read is in order for me too. The witch stuff didn’t really bother me but I could see why some wouldn’t care for it. I do remember Quinn frustrating me as well but that’s about it. Great review, Quinn!

  3. Sophia Rose

    Cool that an opportunity came up for you to fit a re-read in. The whole thing sounds good to me though I’ll keep in mind that the heroine and plot could occasionally pull you out of the story.

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    Now see I loved the paranormal woo-woo. but all of your likes I loved too! I rarely reread and know I would love to do this one again. Great review Quinn.

  5. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Coming in a few days late but things have been a little crazy around here! This is one I enjoy rereading but isn’t exactly a favorite if that makes sense. I’m not a big fan of the witch stuff either and i think that’s why I’ve never felt the urge to reread the rest of the series because that has a lot more witch-y stuff. All your likes have me wanting to reread this one!

  6. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I liked all the things you did about this book, but I also liked the paranormal “witchy” aspects. But then, I’ve always loved fantasy, and while it isn’t full-blown fantasy, it’s at least nodding in that direction. 🙂

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